Earned Sick Leave & Port Authority Reform Top Monday Assembly Committee Meetings

Improved Suicide Prevention, Help for Farmers, Apartment Building Generators, Regulating Drone Usage & Controlling Invasive Bamboo Also on Tap
Discusson Also Set on Improving Teacher Readiness

(TRENTON) – Two bills to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and legislation to require businesses to provide earned sick leave to workers highlight Monday’s Assembly hearings.
Also up are bills to improve suicide prevention training in schools, help farmers fight nuisance complaints, regulate drone usage, require generators for multiple-dwelling buildings and regulate the planting and sale of invasive and destructive running bamboo.
Discussions on improving teacher training and budget plans for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and NJ Transit are also on tap.
The committees are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live at:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.
Highlights include:
· A-2354 (Lampitt) – Concerns earned sick leave. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A3350 (Vainieri Huttle) – Requires PANYNJ be subject to NY Freedom of Information Law and NJ open public records act; and A3417 (Vainieri Huttle/Prieto/Greenwald/Johnson/Eustace/Lagana/Garcia) – Increases transparency and accountability at PANYNJ. 2 p.m. State and Local Government.
· A3224 (Singleton/Lampitt/Quijano/Pintor Marin) – Requires annual suicide prevention instruction for public school teaching staff members as part of professional development requirement. 10 a.m. Education.
· A552 (Burzichelli) – Allows commercial farmer to recover reasonable costs and attorney fees of defending against unreasonable complaints under “Right to Farm Act.” 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· The Assembly Education Committee at 10 a.m. will receive testimony on ways to improve teacher readiness, teacher induction, and professional development.

· A864 (Sumter/Wimberly/Green/Garcia) – Requires newly-constructed multiple dwellings with 25 or more residential units to install standby generators to provide electricity in case of emergency. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A3452 (Mazzeo) – Regulates planting and sale of running bamboo; establishes disclosure requirement for real estate licensees. 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A2605 (Diegnan/Johnson) – Establishes sexual assault training requirements for law enforcement officers. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A3052 (Mazzeo/Pinkin/Mukherji) – Prohibits municipalities from charging interest on unpaid property taxes for a month after payment is due following a significant weather event or natural disaster when a state of emergency is declared by the Governor. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A1039 (Benson/Prieto/Caride/Quijano) – Sets forth certain standards to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments when utilizing drones. 2 p.m. Homeland Security and State Preparedness.
· A3219 (Singleton/Andrzejczak) – Establishes tiered-preference system for purchase of agricultural products by school districts. 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A2913 (Caride/Watson Coleman) – Designates Black Swallowtail butterfly as State Butterfly; A3125 (Caride) – Prohibits sale or planting of certain invasive plant species; A3133 (Burzichelli) – Requires DEP to establish “private wildlife habitat certification program”; creates affirmative defense against municipal nuisance ordinances for properties certified under the program; A3354 (Eustace) – Establishes “Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program;” A3355 (Wilson) – Requires training for pesticide applicators and operators concerning pollinating bees; AJR60 (Wilson/Riley) – Designates June of each year as “Native Plant Appreciation Month.” 2 p.m. Environment and Solid Waste.
· A-3407 (Sumter) – Establishes a partial return to work TDI program. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-3416 (Singleton/Mukherji/DeAngelo) – Creates Task Force on Construction Industry Workplace Safety and Health. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A-3508 (Eustace/Andrzejczak/DeAngelo) – Requires DOLWD to permit veterans and other groups to apply for UI benefits online. 10 a.m. Labor.
· A2839 (Burzichelli) – Authorizes State Agricultural Development Committee to permit operation of certain microenterprises on certain preserved farms; designated as “New Jersey Rural Microenterprise Act.” 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
· A1958 (Riley) – Concerns permits, letters of exemption, and enforcement with regard to agricultural activities under “Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act.” 2 p.m. Agriculture and Natural Resources.